Vegas came from a very good breeder. He has very healthy bloodlines and in 2009, Vegas's dad was the number 1 show dog in Brazil. Despite all that, Vegas has been put thru some tuff stuff. When we took him in at 5 months old to be neutered, we were also told he had mange. (He had a spot on his side the size of a dime that was white. I thought it was a patch of white hair. When a relative asked me if I dropped bleach on him, I started to look closer at it and saw that it was a balding spot.) The doctor told me that all puppies are carriers of mange (they get it from their moms) but most of them have strong enough immune systems to fight it. Vegas didn't. At the same time, we discovered he had an inverted tail with a very deep tail pocket. At 7 months, Vegas started to scoot his bottom on the floor. I thought his anal glands needed some work, so I scheduled an appt. The Dr told us that his glands were fine BUT his tail pocket was infected. He said that the pocket went well past his 2nd knuckle and it would be very hard to keep clean. We researched and decided to close the tail pocket (AKA...tail amputation) and Vegas hasn't had a bootie problem since. At 10 months old, he started having seizures. During one of his seizures, he aspirated and got pnuemonia. Because of all the coughing and upchucking, he developed Mega Esophagus. (which is now the reason VPI wont insure him) Now, we have been told that Vegas probably has a torn ACL. We have to schedule an appt with a specialist for a second opinion.
Orion had a bump on her ear that our vet said was a tumor/cyst very common in puppies. We chose to have it removed and tested just to make sure. I'm predicting Orion will
end up in the ER very soon. She is a climber and a jumper and an all-over TROUBLE maker. She is constantly searching for things to put in her mouth. We've pulled out rubber bands, pens, paper, tree frog, 2 field ants (the actually were attached to the inside of her upper front lip) pine cone, shoes.................the list goes on. You'd think that she wasn't under any supervision, but she is! We haven't had any problems with her *knocks on wood*.